Make Music New York: A Complete Guide!

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This Sunday, June 21, over 1,000 musicians will take to the streets to participate in Make Music New York: a free, city-wide outdoor music festival across all five boroughs. Astoria and Long Island City are getting involved in a big way, presenting over fifty musicians performing in seventeen different locations, with venues ranging from coffee shops to skate parks. Whether you’re into hip-hop, indie-rock, or classical, there’s something for every musical taste. To help you navigate your way, we’re here to highlight four artists you should check out:

The Hunting Party

Led by the powerhouse vocals of lead singer Erica Lane, The Hunting Party blends urban folk-rock with the “can’t get it out of your head” hooks of a modern Fleetwood Mac. On Sunday, catch them at LIC Bar (45-58 Vernon Blvd) at 3pm, followed by the Athens Triangle (32-15 Newtown Ave) at 7pm.




How could we NOT include a band called Distoria in this wrapup? Based in Queens, this high energy alt-rock group resembles a mix of Florence and the Machine with a little bit of The Dresden Dolls.   You can check them out at Cafe Bar (32-90 36th St) at 2pm.


 Ms. Reign

Performing music with a mission, Ms. Reign is a hip-hop artist and LBGTQ poet celebrated for her poignant lyrics and comedic styling. You can find her at The Grow Room (32-32 49th St) at 3pm, and Astoria Coffee (30-04 30th St) at 5pm.


Sweet Magma 

If you’re looking to rock a little harder, a la Black Sabbath or Motorhead, don’t miss Sweet Magma. They’ll be performing at Astoria Skate Park at 2pm, and an evening show at Sparrow Tavern (24-01 29th St) at 7pm.

Additional shows to keep on your radar:

-Court Square (Jackson Ave & Court Square) will be hosting Get Open Sessions from 2-6pm. Billed as “a free form forum for dance & music,” it’s a chance to get your dance on, in the middle of the afternoon!

-In culmination of their Summer Solstice festival, Queens Symphony Orchestra will be performing at Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd) at 7:30pm. What better way to close out the longest day of the year than with the gorgeous sounds of our borough’s only professional orchestra?

To find a full listing of all Make Music New York shows, head over to their homepage and search by both Artist and Venue.

For more information on Make Music New York, check out their websiteFacebook, and Twitter

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